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Covid: Actually a traffic problem

Brendan O'Connor


 

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Stock photo: Collins

Stock photo: Collins

Stock photo: Collins

From the start, we Irish have been pioneers in the prevention and treatment of coronavirus. While Big Pharma scrambled to produce a vaccine, Ireland brought one to the market very early, when we discovered, after extensive testing, that a meal costing €9 or more could act as a vaccine. While experts were still undecided about masks, the Irish knew a toasted sandwich held in front of the face in a pub could limit the spread of droplets and aerosols.

Last week, Ireland again led the world in thinking outside the box and reframing the whole coronavirus problem. It turns out that coronavirus, which has been mistakenly seen as a medical issue up to now, is in fact a road traffic problem. So the logical way to tackle it is to put up checkpoints. While no one was nabbed for coronavirus at these checkpoints, gardaí did say they caught a few people without tax or insurance. Boffins are now said to be studying whether Covid-19 may in fact be a parking issue, and whether the answer is parking fines. It's about not letting perfect be the enemy of good. We may not have enough ICU beds, but by God we're good at checkpoints, so let's try that.


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